How to Succeed as an Introvert in Photography

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Can an introvert “make it” as a professional photographer?

Well, the answer is a BIG YES

So how can you as introvert and yet passionate about photography be successful.

Success in genres of photography that requires you to interact with people could be achieved even if you are an introvert.

So I want you to know that portrait and wedding photography is not for the “social”  alone

While the prospect of posing subjects and interacting with clients might seem daunting to an aspiring photographer who is also an introvert by nature.

With these tips, these challenges could be overcome

  1. Start in a genre that is less social or interactive, like concert photography and with time you move to more social genres.
  2. Don’t over-direct. Give the model or client general directions and let them take it from there. Try and look make some research on the different postures that will fit your client to help your little directing.
  3. Shoot with a telephoto lens. This allows you to step back and maintain a more comfortable distance between yourself and your subject.
  4. Take a moment to mentally prepare before a shoot. Amp up the energy during the shoot and mix in small get-to-know-you questions to get them talking about themselves and build rapport.
  5. Pay attention to your couple and let them set the tone. Match their energy rather than assuming that everyone expects or wants their photographer to extroverted.

The more you move out of your comfort zone and put yourself in these shooting situations, the easier it will get.


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